Chief of Staff John Kelly might have offered some unintentional insight into whether the administration believes that Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation is focusing on President Donald Trump himself.
Kelly gave an interview to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night, and said that the White House expects Mueller to finish his investigation into Russia shortly. Even though White House officials have tried distancing themselves from the indictment news about Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, and have insisted that Trump himself is not being investigated, Kelly seemed to contradict that when lamenting that it’s causing a significant diversion.
“I don’t know how much longer he could possibly go on but we’re in great hopes it could wrap up,” said Kelly about the investigation. “It is very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen to be investigated.”
Ever since the news about the indictments was confirmed, the Trump Administration has argued that the charges against Manafort and Gates do not indicate any Russian collusion during the 2016 election. Papadopoulos’ emails show that he spoke with senior campaign officials about setting up a connection with the Russian government, though pro-Trump figures have minimized the campaign volunteer’s role and described him as an insignificant political operative.
This comes after Papadopoulos pleaded guilty for making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with Russia.
Trump once called Papadopoulos an “excellent guy” and met with him during the election, though the president is now calling his former consultant a “liar” in his latest tweets.
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